UWM student-athletes were part of the Wisconsin Special Olympics Polar Plunge on March 2.
The Ice Cold Panthers raised $1,100 with their participation in the event. The Polar Plunge has helped raise more than $10 million for Special Olympics since its inception in 1999.
UWM’s involvement was coordinated through its Student-Athlete Advisory Council and involved a wide variety of Panther teams. The student-athletes gathered at McKinley Marina for the event Saturday, taking the plunge into Lake Michigan with a number of other individuals and organizations around Milwaukee.
“Participating in the Polar Plunge is especially important to us as student-athletes because we get a chance to give back to the community and support those incredible athletes who participate in the Special Olympics,” Panther track and cross country standout Claira Himmel said. “Members of our Student Athlete Advisory Committee were able to help out at the Wisconsin state special Olympics bowling tournament this year, so having the chance to give back to those athletes we were cheering on is what doing the plunge is all about. Doing the Polar Plunge is our way of saying thank you to those athletes for being such inspirations to us.”